ACOSS Reports & Submissions
Law and Justice
ACOSS' Election Platform outlines key priorities to build a fair Australia which ensures people on low incomes are not excluded because of social or economic disadvantage. We are calling for commitments from our political leaders on issues including: Work and income support; Affordable Housing; Oral health; Indigenous; Tax; Climate change; and measures to Strengthen the Community Sector.
This submission has been informed by targeted consultations with our members and stakeholders, as well as many years of experience advocating on behalf of those most affected by problem gambling. Our members work closely with individuals, families and communities affected by problem gambling and are at the forefront of efforts to address gambling related harm around the country.
The Councils of Social Service (COSS) across Australia has made recommendations according to chapter headings within the Productivity Commission Draft Report on Gambling. We provide comment based on the effect the Productivity Commission‟s recommendations will have on our constituents and provide joint COSS recommendations that detail additional areas of need.
This submission addresses the ongoing discrimination faced by migrants under the Migration Act and in relation to social security policy.
The submission argues for the application of human rights to the Migration Act and for reform of the tax and transfer system to ensure that migrants with a disability are able to access the same social security entitlements as all Australians.
Presentation on economic, social and cultural rights: Consultation report findings and recommendations
ACOSS supports the enactment of a national human rights act to improve the level of human rights protection in Australia. A national act must include economic, social and cultural rights in addition to civil and political rights in recognition of the inter-dependence of rights and the vulnerability of low income Australians to human rights infringements.
Submission to Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regarding draft principles developed by the Department to guide decisions on whether to appeal decisions made by social security appeals tribunals.
ACOSS is concerned that the Australian Government has pursued a preferential bilateral trade agreement with the United States, the Australia United States Free Trade Agreement without adequate and sufficiently independent information being provided to the community about its potential effects or a proper process for consulting the community. The potential implications of the Agreement appear to be poorly understood, even by the Government.
Includes: Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS). Community Legal Centres (CLC). Legal Aid funding. Legal Assistance Needs Project (LAN). Human rights. Family Law. Levels of self-representation. Community legal centres. Private legal profession and pro bono legal services.